Personal and travel writing by Breawna Power Eaton

What do I write about?

As much as I can, actually. While I am passionate about social justice issues, especially with regard to human rights and education, I don't want to be boxed in by a niche.

For me, writing is an immersion experience. During past assignments, I interviewed a wide range of people – from local politicians to artisan chefs, musicians, and even a giant pumpkin growing competitor. I’ve toured a revolutionary algae production facility, watched a team of poodles perform to commands in Gaelic, and discussed the feared end of the world with Mayan experts.

Through each piece, I was invited into another person’s world, inspired by her/his passion, and reminded each time of just how much I don’t know … and how much more I want to learn, which is the premise behind Lady Seeking Adventure.

  1. Interviews

    Born of Need” — Martin Keen, the shoe designer famous for his fugly, yet functional hybrid shoe-sandal.

    Feet First” — Lisa Larson, a ballerina whose feet Natalie Portman “borrowed” for her Oscar-winning performance in The Black Swan.

    Good Gourd” — Eddie Giarusso, a giant pumpkin farming competitor hoping to win big.

    Carb Counting on the Campaign Trail” — David Cicilline, the former mayor of Providence, Rhode Island, discusses the campaign that led to his election to Congress in 2010.

    Dinosaurs in the Dunes” — David Fastovsky, the paleontologist and leading expert on the causes of dinosaur extinction who resparked my childhood curiosity in dinosaurs and is personally responsible for the hours my husband has since spent in natural history museums while I ogle pterodactyls.

    These are just a few of the hundred or so interesting people I interviewed while writing the Newport Mercury’s weekly Q&A. OK, one more — single mother, Gwen Gardner, unveils her secrets for creating life balance and being fully present, whether reading to her daughter, running one of her many businesses, or dancing on the ice. Want more? Feel free to contact me!

  2. Features

    Slightly Settled Nomads” — An essay published on Full Grown People, one of my favorite online magazines, ripe with essays on the trials and triumphs of growing up .

    A Taste of Life at Sea” and “Ancient Cedars, Ancient Prayers” — Go Nomad travel stories about sailing the Mergui Archipelago off the coast of Myanmar and hiking the snow mountains of Togakushi, Japan.

    “The Shack”  — Go World Travel story about the first time I set out on a solo hunt for dinner in Japan and wound up at an old house by the railroad tracks.

    “Japanese Style Toilets…”  — A GaijinPot  post about our guests’ fear of Eastern-style toilets that was picked up by Japan Today.

    “Seven Ways to Smile Your Way Through the Tokyo Marathon” — Another GaijinPot post donating tips I too relied on during my second Tokyo Marathon. 

    Microscopic Farming” – Newport Life feature on a revolutionary algae farming facility in Portsmouth, RI.

    Catch This Tigress” – Newport Mercury feature on  Grace Potter & the Nocturnals, a rock group with a feisty female lead.

    Final Fantasy” – A fun NM assignment: debunk the doomsday hysteria sparked by the end of the Mayan calendar in 2012. 

    Merry Birthday” – When NM editor Janine Weisman asked if I knew anyone whose birthday was on Christmas, I was delighted. This one’s for you, Dad!

    Hang Ten” –  A challenging NM assignment: say something interesting about the end of the 21st century’s first decade. Beginning with a devastating terrorist attack on our own soil and ending with the election of America’s first black president, the decade proved that anything truly is possible. So why not approach our resolutions with this in mind, especially when we have a decade — 3,652 days — to reverse the impossible in our own lives?